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Report: Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo on its own

A source tells Reuters that Microsoft would rather buy Yahoo without the assistance of News Corp. And the latter may be in talks with Yahoo directly.

Microsoft, while entertaining an alliance with News Corp. or other options, would rather buy Yahoo on its own, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a source close to the company.

In addition, an unnamed source told Reuters that News Corp. is talking to Yahoo directly about a tie-up, though the source didn't share details.

Microsoft's attempt to acquire Yahoo has spawned a flurry of possible alliances and counter-alliances, none of them confirmed by the companies except a partnership under which Yahoo will test use of Google's search ads.